Hi, Bob here . . .
If you're new to UpGradedSenior.Com, maybe an introduction is in order and will get you off on the right foot and in the right frame of mind.
I'll start by giving you a little bit of my background so that you can put the information on this website in a proper perspective.
I am nearing 70 years of age, retired, living in an "over 50" community, and in excellent health.
I am not a health care or fitness professional. I am a retired attorney. I have, however, been a reasonably healthy and athletic person for most (not all) of my adult life, having run marathons, biked thousands of miles, and competed in numerous triathlons (swim, bike, run) including the granddaddy of them all - the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.
So now you know who's doing the talking around here, that's enough about me. Let's get on to the mission of UpGradedSenior.Com and how it can help you.
Take a minute and imagine what you want your life to be like for your remaining years.
We don't always control our destiny, but we can improve the odds by the choices we make and the mindset we adopt going forward.
So, let me ask you - what choices are you going to make?
As you are probably aware, the sciences of health, nutrition, fitness, and aging are far from fully developed. Each is an emerging science with new "revelations" occurring almost daily.
What was thought to be an irrefutable "fact" yesterday becomes a laughable "scientific" mistake today.
It can be very frustrating for those of us who are attempting to increase our odds of a long and healthy life by eating right, exercising right, etc.
You know the drill:
"eggs are good - eggs are bad,"
"fat is bad - fat is good,"
"carbs are good - carbs are bad,"
"whole grains are good - grains, whole or otherwise, are bad."
It never ends and it makes our task difficult.
All we can hope for is to get it mostly right and thereby increase our odds of staying alive and remaining healthy.
One thing that has become clear to me is that what is regarded as "normal aging" is far from normal. This fellow represents what has become the norm:
Pill-Popping, TV Watching, Overweight, Inactive, Serving-Out-My-Time Senior.
One of the advantages (?) of living in a senior retirement community is the daily opportunity to observe a representative cross-section of "normal" seniors as they are aging.
Let's just say "it ain't pretty." I don't want this to come across as arrogant or judgmental, but a very high percentage of our fellow seniors are voluntarily condemning themselves to a "normal" old age, which is to say a rather unpleasant and unhealthy old age - or worse, a premature death.
In a nutshell, many (perhaps most) are seriously overweight, exercise very little or not at all, and have a diet made up of foods that are literally "not fit for human consumption."
I often feel like grabbing them, giving them a "three stooges" face slap, and shouting "What are you doing? Snap out of it!"
I wish I could help them somehow, but not wishing to be arrested, I refrain from administered the much needed stooges slap. The best I can hope for is that some of them stumble upon UpGradedSenior.Com and heed the call.
I suppose it is a natural consequence of so many seniors choosing to be overweight, sedentary and poorly fed that we view their deterioration as a normal part of growing old --- IT'S NOT!
It is only viewed as normal because of the sheer number of seniors who have chosen, consciously or unconsciously, to travel that trajectory through their "golden years."
What happens to most seniors becomes the definition of "normal."
There is a problem with that logic, however. Not all seniors travel that road. Take a look at the "UpGraded Senior Superstars" on this website. It quickly becomes apparent that they represent what should be "normal."
When you study these outliers you quickly begin to realize that the gentleman above, our "Normal" Senior, is not normal at all. He is the result of years of poor choices.
In reality, what is normal is Mark Sisson's (MarksDailyApple.Com) motto:
"Live Long - Drop Dead!"
In other words, rather than a gradual and discouraging process of ever-increasing obesity, joint pain, immobility, and prescription drugs - we should remain active, fully engaged, healthy, and full of joy and expectation until we reach our expiration date.
The Idea is to die young as late as possible."
-- Ashley Montagu
Under this model of aging we wind up "dropping dead" rather than spending the last 5, 10 or 20 years of our lives immobile, in pain, ingesting a medicine cabinet full of prescription meds - and knowing that our best years are far behind us.
I will close with this. Being an UpGraded Senior is an experiment. Even the best longevity experts in the world don't know what the optimum human diet is, or what the best form of exercise is, or what the best way to ensure a long and healthy life is --- but there are clues.
The best we can do is to investigate the options, apply the ones that seem the most likely to succeed, and see what happens.
Put succinctly, the best we can do is increase our odds. There are no guarantees.
Sure, taking the traditional route is easier, requires less effort, and is what happens by default - which explains why most seniors are on that path.
But if you choose the default, the "normal" route, what's your life going to be like as the years add up? Take a look at the "normal" seniors around you. That is your future too if you choose the default. The outcome is predictable and unpleasant.
The UpGraded Senior route requires more work and doesn't guarantee a better result, but it sure improves your odds!
Constantly Learning, Fit, Healthy, Active, Best-Time-Of-My-Life Senior.
I hope you'll choose to join us in this rebellion against "normal" aging. It will be an adventure and an interesting experiment in aging.
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